RORC Caribbean 600: Scarlet Oyster triumphs in IRC Two

Antigua: Ross Applebey’s victory in IRC Two was his eighth class win in the RORC Caribbean 600 and the seventh for Scarlet Oyster (GBR), after the Oyster 48 finished the race just before dawn on Friday 25th February local time, taking class line honours and win after IRC time correction.

The remainder of the podium for IRC Two is as yet undecided, but as of 12:38 AST on Friday 25th February, no other team in the class can better Scarlet Oyster’s corrected time.

Three cheers and cold beers for the Scarlet Oyster crew – Arthur Daniel pic

Andy Middleton’s First 47.7 EH01 (GBR) is currently ranked in second place having finished 50 minutes after Scarlet Oyster. Christopher Daniel’s J/122 Juno (GBR) has also finished and is ranked third in class, just over 20 minutes ahead of their sistership, Pamala Baldwin’s J/122 Liquid (ANT).

Also in the hunt for a podium finish is Sigma 38, Sam (GBR), owned by Serena Alexander/Hilary Cook/Peter Hopps. Richard Palmer’s JPK 1010 Jangada is also still in with a chance of the IRC Two podium, but Richard, racing with Jeremy Waitt is assured of retaining their IRC Two Handed crown.

“Every race I have done has been different,” commented Applebey. “We kind of felt in control of the race as we got off to a good start and ahead of the competition, most of which owed us time (under IRC).

“We were able to keep ourselves between them and the next mark and boat speed was good. The Scarlet Oyster crew work hard and there is very little I can look back on and say we could have done any better, which is unusual for a race this long. I think this race stands out as the cleanest race for this team.

Jangada and the competitive IRC Two fleet at the start – Tim Wright pic

“All you can do is sail the best you can as we have some really well sailed boats in the class. Andy Middleton has got EH01 going really well. Juno has been the Performance 40 champion in the UK, Liquid I know very well with Jules White as skipper, Richard and Jeremy (Jangada) are relentless.

“Now the young Antiguans on Caccia Alla Volpe (ANT) with their first race are a real threat. IRC Two is far from a soft class, it is tough, close competition.”

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